EMINENT classical accordionist James Crabb has just been named as artistic director at Four Winds Bermagui, replacing Paul Dean in the role.
Also a respected and passionate music educator, as chair of the board Sheena Boughen pointed out in making the announcement, he will lead the ever-burgeoning year-round program of activities as well as the keynote biennial Easter Festival, both centred on the beautiful performance space, ‘Nature’s Concert Hall’, just south of Bermagui on the far south coast of NSW.”
A performer at the 2012 Four Winds Festival, Crabb has appeared at many festivals globally including at Aldeburgh and the London Proms, and with the ACO in Japan and Europe. He is renowned for his exciting performances of repertoire spanning six centuries as well as being an authority on the music of Astor Piazzolla.
He commented, “This is a wonderful opportunity to build the future of Four Winds as a unique, flagship Australian arts organisation…The community is such an important part of Four Winds, and creating projects and musical experiences with and for the local community is as exciting as our potential to reach audiences nationally and internationally through our program.”
“Music-making at any level must be a two-way natural, enjoyable, memorable and enriching experience for the performer and listener regardless of age, knowledge, ability or experience” he added.